This has been one of the hardest fought elections in recent memory with all three major political parties vying for the opportunity to form a government in Ottawa.
The entire country has become a political battleground. But nowhere is the battle more prominent than in Metro Vancouver where, even after 78-days of campaigning, several ridings remain on a knife-edge as the 2015 federal election enters its final throes.
So which ridings should you watch out for as the results start to trickle in tonight? Here’s our guide to seven key seats that you should keep your eyes on over the next few hours.
Why it’s worth watching: Created in the 2012 federal redistribution, Delta is being called one of the most hotly contested ridings in the country. Comprised of parts of the former Newton-North Delta and Delta-Richmond East ridings, it now comprises the entire corporation of Delta.
Candidates: Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Conservative), Jeremy Leveque (NDP), Carla Qualtrough (Liberal), Anthony Edward Devellano (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: While North Vancouver has been under Conservative leadership since 2008, a strong campaign from Liberal newcomer Jonathan Wilkinson means that this riding could be a toss-up come election night.
Candidates: Andrew Saxton (Conservative), Carleen Thomas (NDP), Jonathan Wilkinson (Liberal), Claire Martin (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: A heavily immigrant-populated riding – more than 60% of those who live in Richmond Centre are immigrants and over 50% are Chinese; the district has usually leaned Conservative. This year however the riding has generated plenty of interest from the other side of the political spectrum after the Green party placed 18-year-old Vincent Chiu, the youngest candidate in this year’s election, in the Richmond race.
Candidates: Alice Wong (Conservative), Jack Trovato (NDP), Lawrence Woo (Liberal) Vincent Chiu (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: One of 2015’s newly formed ridings, former Surrey North MP Jasbir Sandhu will be running in Surrey Centre. For much of the election the riding has been seen as NDP territory, however swings in the polls have suggested that both the Liberals and Conservatives have picked up strong support making this one a three-way race to the finish line.
Candidates: Sucha Thind (Conservative), Jasbir Sandhu (NDP), Randeep Sarai (Liberal), Jeremiah Deneault (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: Encompassing the West End, Yaletown, Downtown Vancouver, Coal Harbour, western Strathcona and eastern Kitsilano; Vancouver Centre is seen by many as a barometer for Vancouver’s political leanings. Though she has served as an MP for more than 22 years, 74-year-old Liberal candidate Hedy Fry won by just five points in 2011 and with the riding’s recent redistribution many experts are predicting that Vancouver Centre could be one of the city’s most hotly contested seats.
Candidates: Elaine Allan (Conservative), Constance Barnes (NDP), Hedy Fry (Liberal), Lisa Barrett (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: A clash between progressive candidates the NDP and Liberals have fought a hotly contested campaign in this riding, which will be nominating its first MP after being formed after the 2011 election.
Candidates: Erinn Broshko (Conservative), Mira Oreck (NDP), Jody Wilson-Raybould (Liberal), Michael Barkusky (Green)
Why it’s worth watching: MP Wai Young’s win in 2011 ended 18 years of Liberal representation in Vancouver South, a riding which more than 120,000 people call home. This time around Young faces stiff competition in the form of Liberal candidate Harjit Sajjan, a former VPD detective and armed forces veteran; and a win here could signal that it’s going to be a good night for Justin Trudeau’s party.
Candidates: Wai Young (Conservative), Amandeep Nijjar (NDP), Harjit S. Sajjan (Liberal), Elain Ng (Green)